How to identify if you are working in a toxic environment?

For many of us, working for big names has been praised as the best career experience we can get. As it is expected to provide us financial security, growth opportunities, higher salary and responsibilities, amazing work conditions, and prestigious facilities. Yes, this is the case with many places but despite that, studies show that the number of employees that want to quit their jobs is increasing every year, so why is that?

At BBold, we have worked with countless professionals working within prestigious companies in the market and from there we got to learn a lot about their working conditions. It is hard to say that many companies are able to keep up the standards to their names and to what they claim as their values, vision, and mission. We have had many stories from our clients, telling us about their experiences on how their great excitement did not take long to turn over and break their expectations.

Sometimes, red flags can appear at the very beginning where our intuition is trying to alert us but unfortunately most of the time we shut it down as we refuse to see the situation as it is.

Some common red flags at work:

  • Culture of cronyism: It is the one of the common biases that exists in the workplace called - Affinity Bias, that consist of hiring and only promoting people. who are from the friend pools or people sharing the same characteristics - bypassing high performers.

  • Culture of fear: If you find yourself insecure when it comes to defending your opinion because you are afraid to be turned down by your manager.

  • Unclear work responsibility and boundaries: You’re unsure about your role, You are expected to be available 24/7

  • Struggle to take time off: Workload, working overtime, and get judged when you leave on a normal time.

  • There’s a lot of employee turnover: The title speaks for itself!

  • There’s no sense of community: There is no bonding, no sharing, no general talking but just work

  • Reckless communication: This can translate into disrespect between team members, dysfunctional teamwork, and a lack of commitment to achieve shared goals.

  • It’s a stressful environment: There is no time for reflection and planning, it’s all about execution. This leads to a never ending cycle of problems and struggles.

  • Gossip culture: People gossip about their colleagues rather than talking to them directly and solve problems. This leads to tension in the workplace and lack of trust between colleagues.

I know you are all depressed after reading all these negatives but let me reassure you that we are also observing a great push toward creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace where leaders are trained to lead differently, using their emotions, empathy and vulnerability to better interact with their team members and create a trustworthy relation with them.

When we accept to stay in a toxic environment it's either because: we think that we don’t have another choice, we have low self esteem or we have lack of confidence. So, in this case we are here to help get out of this situation.

If you find yourself in this toxic environment and don’t know how to work your way out of it, you can contact us for a free call to discuss your situation and how we can help you get out of it. Contact us at

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